The Shepherd's Hand will soon be fully open and operating as a community outreach initiative of Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church. Through this ministry effort, we as a family of faith seek to meet the needs of our neighborhood through education, health and life wellness programs. Through acts of mercy we desire to care for the tangible needs of our community and point all who we serve to Christ and the divine service where we hear the Gospel and receive our Good Shepherd's gifts of grace.
Motivated by the love of Christ, we serve our community by providing quality health, education, and life wellness services to adults and children in the East Central and Memorial Park neighborhoods of Fort Wayne.
In 2011, Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church purchased the former Elite Ballroom building located at 1235 S. Anthony Blvd. with the intention of developing a community outreach ministry to care for the needs of families in the neighborhood. Thanks to God's provision through a matching grant from The Lutheran Foundation, many generous individual donors, as well as funds from the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod Office of National Mission and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the building renovation and update is nearing completion. In 2017, Shepherd of the City called Deaconess Rachel Jaseph to be the first director of The Shepherd's Hand. Community partnerships as well as program and event plans are currently being developed.
DIAPERS OUT THE DOOR
We had a great turnout on Saturday June 23 for our community diaper distribution event. We hosted this event in collaboration with the Life Team at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and welcomed over 50 families to Shepherd of the City. If you are interested in helping with our next diaper distribution event, please contact Deaconess Rachel. If your family or church would like to help make events like this possible in order to bless parents and children in our community, feel free to start collecting diapers now! We look forward to our next diaper distribution event. Thank you to all who made this day possible!
Our HEALing Kitchen
We are excited to be able to offer "Our HEALing Kitchen" nutrition education cooking classes beginning this Fall! Thanks in large part to a Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle (HEAL) grant and training from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, as well as funds from the We Raise Foundation, this 8-week educational opportunity will be offered in our new kitchen facility at The Shepherd's Hand. Dates and sign up opportunities for these fun and interactive classes will be available soon! Click here for more information about the HEAL classes as well as the HEAL farmers' markets that are located around Fort Wayne this summer on different days of the week. At these markets WIC and SNAP credit goes 2x as far! If you would like to know more about this upcoming 8-week class, please reach out to us.
Homework Help Club (HHC)
The Homework Help Club (HHC) is coming to a neighborhood near you this Fall! The Shepherd's Hand will be begin hosting the HHC starting September 11, 2018 for this Fall quarter for children, grades two through eight. The purpose for the homework club is to help bridge the educational gap that many school aged children face while speaking Jesus to them.
Want to get involved?
PRAY for us as we move forward with plans for this ministry center. Ask that God would give us wisdom as we make decisions, and provide servant-hearted volunteers and donors to make this project possible. Pray about what role YOU may be able to play in helping get The Shepherd's Hand off the ground.
PARTNER with us as a volunteer at our upcoming events! Contact us to learn about the volunteer application process.
GIVE a donation to help turn our planned planned into active and thriving ones!
Checks may be made out to "Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church" with "Shepherd's Hand" in the memo line, and may be mailed to
1301 S. Anthony Blvd. Ft. Wayne, IN 46803
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To learn more about the plans for this ministry, please contact:
Deaconess Rachel Jaseph
Director of The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center
Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church
Motivated by the love of Christ, Speaking Jesus to the World .